From Mr Hudson

This term, students are working very hard to complete different activities and assessments. Years 7, 9 and 10 have completed their external examinations and are now looking forward to attending camp, having some fun and relationship building in a different environment. Please pray for their safety and that students are open to the gospel message. The camp program plays an important part of the wellbeing program by allowing the students to grow and learn for themselves while equally supporting them through the challenges of various activities.

I had the pleasure to talk at the launch of the CPC (Carey Parents and Community) evening. I spoke about how Wellbeing at William Carey Christian School aims to transform the lives of our community members so that they may flourish now and for eternity. Students are involved in the tutor program on Tuesday mornings which is designed to develop the character and wisdom to navigate life’s circumstances. 

This reminds me of the term “rite of passage”. This is a ritual that is undertaken normally in other cultures as a moment to signify the stepping up from a child into an adult. It is a key moment to enable the participant to take ownership for their actions and character while still showing them the support of the community as they grow and change from child (dependant) to adult (independent).

We all have an important part to play in allowing the students to grow and learn for themselves while equally supporting them through the challenges in life. We need to understand that every student is unique and has different gifts and abilities that should be catered for to the best of our abilities.

Parents are their child’s first teacher. The lessons children learn are often through observing your actions and words. Therefore, it is important that both our actions and words match. In our previous newsletter, Mr Smith spoke about wise use of mobile phones and electronic devices. As a school we try to provide parent seminars to equip you to have conversations that are helpful for your child.

The eSafety commissioner has provided free webinars for parents and carers on various topics.
These live webinars explore the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online. 
All sessions are delivered by eSafety’s expert education and training team.

Lastly, a way to keep in touch with what your child is doing at school, is check the School App or Edumate to see what is happening. This allows to you discuss things that are happening in their lives. 

Thursday 17th June is the year 11 and 12 Parent teacher evening and for year 10 families, the Year 11 2022 Subject selection evening is on Monday 21st June.  Please save these dates.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Hudson
High School Deputy Principal

Spicy Science

Science Extension is a relatively new HSC course, first offered to year 12 students in 2019. It is studied in conjunction with one of the other sciences and focuses on the authentic application of scientific research skills to produce a Scientific Research Report generally acceptable for publication. Students propose and develop a research question, formulate a hypothesis and develop evidence-based responses to create their Scientific Research Report which is supported by a Research Portfolio.

2021 is the first year William Carey Christian School has offered the course and Benita Sajan (pictured) is one of four students studying with Mrs McMullen who is teaching the course for the first time. Mrs McMullen has taught and marked HSC Biology successfully for many years.

Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum. There is evidence to suggest that ingesting Capsaicin containing foods has a protective effect again stomach ulcers. Stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterium, Heliobacter Pylori. Benita’s research question is whether Capsaicin, has an inhibitory effect on the growth of E.coli bacteria with the E.coli bacteria being used as a substitute for Heliobacter Pylori. Ms Vale (Head of Science) who majored in Chemistry and Microbiology at Sydney University is assisting Benita with the more technical aspects of her investigation.

Purified capsaicin can cause serious eye damage and is irritating to the mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract. Benita is working with a fine powdered form of the compound hence the safety precautions in the photos.

Kind Regards

Susan Vale
Head Science Teacher